This week, Everytown for Gun Safety released an interactive map that indexes each school shooting since 2013 in an effort to draw attention to the pro-gun control group’s solutions for gun violence, which include universal background checks and ensuring that school campuses remain gun-free zones.
According to a press release, the “list includes any incident where a firearm is discharged inside a school building or on a school campus or grounds, as documented by the press and confirmed through further inquiries with law enforcement.”
In other words, Everytown isn’t talking exclusively about mass shootings or mass killings on school grounds but any incident where a gun was fired on a campus, which by that definition may include instances of lawful self-defense or accidental discharges.
Yet, despite this rather glaring oversight, the Bloomberg-funded group is using the map as a tool to advocate for stricter gun laws.
“It should terrify us that there are still nearly three months left in 2015, yet we have endured at least 45 school shootings just this year,” said Shannon Watts, Founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns makes up Everytown for Gun Safety.
“We don’t have to live by lockdown drill as though school shootings are inevitable acts of nature; they are due to a man-made failure of action,” Watts continued. “School shootings are entirely preventable, which is why we should be working to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. We owe it to our children to provide them with a safe learning environment — no other developed nation is subjecting their students to gunfire.”
“As educators we are focused on doing all that is possible to ensure every student has a safe school in which to learn,” said National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García. “Today’s report by Everytown is a stark and sad reminder of the continued epidemic of gun violence that plagues communities all over our country.”
As mentioned, one of Everytown’s touted successes is that it’s been able to defeat “gun lobby’s efforts to pass legislation that would force guns onto college campuses in 14 states and defeated gun lobby-backed bills that would have allowed people to carry guns in K-12 schools in 15 states.”
That is to say, Everytown’s been committed to ensuring that schools remain gun-free which is tantamount to making them soft targets for madmen, as Alan Gottlieb, the chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, pointed out in an email to GunsAmerica.
“The one thing it [the map] proves, which Everytown ignores, is that ‘gun free school zones’ do not work and are a magnet for violent and crazy people to commit atrocities in a target rich environment,” said Gottlieb.
It’s more than a bit ironic that the very thing that Everytown is railing against is the one thing that will optimally protect students, teachers and faculty from a crazed and armed sociopath.
At the end of the day if we are to improve public safety across the board we need to empower the people and encourage more responsible individuals to prepare to confront evil should the need arise. That will mean different things for different people, but for many, it will mean exercising their Second Amendment rights.
It is my solemn belief that we will save lives not through hoping and praying our laws work preventatively, but by taking action to learn how to de-escalate, disarm and destroy a threat.